The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, MP
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Government of Canada
Dear Minister Hussen,
We are concerned about the demographic changes currently taking place in Canada, and the impact of these changes on our Canadian identity, values and culture.
As you are aware, all of western civilization has its roots in Europe. The countries in Europe share a common root language, ancestry, similar religious background (both Christian and pagan), seasonal differences, holidays, ethnic dress and food, family traditions and values. These cultural elements are not shared by other cultures, such as those of Asian, African, or Arab peoples. Canadian culture — at least the dominant culture in Canada — is derived from European culture.
Attachment #1 below shows the ethnic origins reported by Canadians in the 2016 census. Note that the five ethnic origins most frequently reported (excluding ‘Canadian’ which is not an ethnic origin), are English, Scottish, French, Irish and German, all countries in Western Europe. As well, a significant number of Canadians reported Italian, Ukrainian, Dutch and Polish ethnic origins.
Attachment #2 below shows the total number of immigrants granted permanent resident status in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, grouped by their countries of origin. In this three-year period, there were 828,404 immigrants. The top six countries of origin, The Philippines, India, China, Syria, Iran and Pakistan together provided 434,805 immigrants, representing 52.5% of the total. The U.K., France, Ukraine and Russia together provided 48,521 immigrants, or 5.9% of the total.
Clearly, there is a huge mismatch between the ethnic origins of the majority of Canadians and the origins of new immigrants. It has been reported that Canada is undergoing the fastest rate of ethnic change of any country in the Western world. This is not an ethnic or racial issue, it is a cultural issue. If this pattern of immigration continues, European Canadians will become a minority in Canada around 2050, and our dominant culture will become only one among an assortment of “foreign” cultures.
Why is this a cause for concern?
1. It is morally wrong for the Government to pursue policies that replace European Canadians — who built and went to war for our country — with people from other cultures.
2. Before making such a profound and sweeping change to the face of Canada, one would think that the Government had asked for, and received, a mandate from the Canadian people, the current “owners” of this country. To my knowledge, the Government has no such mandate. I suspect that, if polled, Canadians would want our immigration policies adjusted to maintain the current ethnic mix in Canada.
3. Canadian culture works! Our European ancestors, along with Canadians with other ethnic origins who fully integrated with our dominant culture, left us with an identity, values and a cultural heritage that have made Canada among the most successful societies in the world. How will the country be impacted by immigrant groups which may not have any interest in integrating with Canadian society, or have values that are incompatible with Canadian values?
4. If the proportion of Canadians of European extraction continues to decline, there will no longer be a dominant culture for immigrants to integrate with. Canada will become merely a geographical area populated by a collection of ethnic minorities, living in ethnic enclaves, all competing with each other for recognition by, and resources from, the government. There will be little sense of a common identity or a common good. Tolerance and inclusiveness are worthy values but they are hardly sufficient ends for a nation to rally around. One might show tolerance and inclusiveness while pursuing some greater, more worthy goal, but they are inadequate ends by themselves.
5. If the proportion of Canadians of European extraction continues to decline, we will see the emergence of right-wing, nationalist movements (like the Britain First party in the U.K.), and possible social unrest. If large numbers of European Canadians suddenly become aware of the impact of these demographic changes, they may well ask themselves, “Who gave away our country?”, and demand, “We want our country back!”.
6. If the proportion of Canadians of English and French extraction continues to decline, what will happen to our two official languages? Will their diminished influence lead Quebecers to reconsider separating from Canada?
What, then, should be done to preserve Canadian culture?
1. Canada needs immigrants, but we need to include an applicant’s compatibility with our culture as one of the criteria for acceptance into Canada. This would mean encouraging more immigration from Europe and the Commonwealth countries. Europeans are currently dealing with social disruption and diminished future opportunities resulting from the mass migration of asylum-seekers into their countries. It is likely that some Europeans would now respond favourably to an invitation to emigrate to Canada.
2. Like some other countries have done, we need to consider financial incentives and other supports that would encourage marriage and childbearing, thereby reducing our reliance on immigration and thereby maintaining our culture. The Government should undertake a study comparing the costs of such incentives/supports with the costs of immigration.
3 February 2018